Netflix to crack down on proxies as it goes global
In the “coming weeks,” executives said, you’ll be able to access Netflix content that’s licensed to the country where you physically reside, proxy or no.
In a blog post, David Fullagar, the vice president of content delivery at Netflix, said the goal was for Netflix to offer the same movies and TV shows on a worldwide basis. But for now, that’s not possible. “In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location,” he wrote.
“That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are,” Fullgar added. “We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.”
Netflix currently offers content in 190 countries, so it’s hard to see a future where a studio licenses the same movie for streaming on an global basis. Still, with rumours beginning to circulate that UHD Blu-ray discs will not be region-restricted, it’s hard not to see region locking within the streaming market as simply backwards.
IDG News Service